A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel

A House for Happy Mothers: A Novel

by Amulya Malladi

This is an emotionally-gripping tale about two women from different sides of the world, who cross paths through a surrogacy program. An American couple, after struggling through infertility, have decided to try using a surrogate mother to have their baby. This brings them to a program in India, where poor women are able to offer their wombs in order to receive sums of money they otherwise could never have dreamed of.

The story leads us to think about the ethics and reasons behind surrogacy, the pros and cons of 'charity', and what lengths you would go to to have your own child. It’s told from the viewpoints of two very different women, who are both beautiful, loveable and realistic. It challenges us to understand their different opinions and motivations, while giving us an insight into different cultures.

Personally, I found this book gripping because, as a mama, I could relate to both women's journeys. 

    A House for Happy Mothers

    Would you like this book?

    • This book is more about how the families cope through the nine months of surrogacy than a story where lots of things happen. It centres around conversations and thinking. I know some people love these types of books, others, not so much.
    • If reading about infertility would be too difficult for you, probably leave it till another time. On the other hand, if you would like a story you can relate to, it might be a helpful (and more powerful) read.
    • If you've wondered about the ethics of charity in developing countries, this offers interesting insights.
    • If you enjoy reading about different cultures and how those cultures cross over, it's a great read. I enjoyed seeing how different cultures have different family values, too.

    Book Club Discussion

    Since I felt the book was cut short at the end, I’d like to open this up for discussion: If there was an epilogue, say, six months’ beyond the ending of the book, what do you imagine the two women would be feeling about everything that happened now?

    Of course, we'd all love to hear each other's thoughts about the book in general, too. Did you like it? And how has it changed your views on things (if at all)?